Liberals continue to roast Gibson, but praise other directors who have refused to apologize for their actions.
Do actions speak louder than words? That is usually thought to be the case. People can say all they want all day and night but the only thing that matters is what they do. It is a standard worth upholding. Unfortunately, there are times when it goes out the window, with people favoring words over actions for feel-good reasons or an attempt to shame.
The last movie Mel Gibson directed was ‘Apocalypto’ in 2006. While Gibson has starred in some films since then, it was not until the newly released ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ that Gibson was once again behind the camera. The movie has been well received, garnering a favorable Rotten Tomatoes rating of 87% at the time this article was written. The site’s consensus says, “Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist’s legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valor, and the courage of remaining true to one’s convictions.”
Some people, however, instead of celebrating Gibson’s return to filmmaking, would rather dredge up old controversies and cast aspersions upon Gibson because he’s not apologizing for his past behavior to their satisfaction. The Daily Beast and The Atlantic both have pieces where they take exception to Gibson apparently not expressing enough regret for the things he has said and done over the last ten years.
This is not to excuse Mel Gibson’s comments or actions. His drinking problems are well known, and anti-Semitic comments Gibson made during a DUI arrest in 2006 came to light in 2011. Gibson also made ugly statements to his girlfriend in taped comments that including death threats. All of this behavior is inexcusable, and to Gibson’s credit, he owned up to his anti-Semitic statements, even meeting Jewish leaders to express his contrition. Gibson said he is no longer drinking, and there is nothing he’s done lately to suggest otherwise.
Still, Gibson is being treated far differently than other Hollywood stars, and I suspect the reason for this has a lot to do with politics. Gibson has expressed very conservative views in the past on issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
Others in Hollywood get away with far worse and yet they’re not treated as pariahs by their counterparts. There is no better example of this than Hollywood legend, Roman Polanski. Polanski raped a 13-year-old girl and after serving 42 days in prison heard that the judge in the case was going to reject the plea deal Polanski had agreed to. Realizing that the judge was planning to sentence him to 50 years in prison, Polanski fled to Europe in 1978, where he has remained ever since. Despite being a fugitive, Polanski has continued to make films and is celebrated by Hollywood. He essentially decided he not going to be blacklisted for his actions and, in fact, won an Academy Award for Best Director for his 2002 film, ‘The Pianist.’ Naturally, he could not be there to accept the prize, but that didn’t stop the audience from giving him a standing ovation when he was announced as the winner. A standing ovation. For a child rapist.
Another Hollywood director, Victor Salva of “Jeepers Creepers” fame, was convicted of sexual child misconduct with a 12-year-old boy. In fact, Salva once recorded himself engaging in this misconduct , and videos and magazines containing child pornography were found in his home. Later convicted and sentenced to three years prison, he served 19 months in prison. His latest movie, “Jeepers Creepers 3,” will be released in 2017. I cannot recall The Daily Beast or The Atlantic wondering when he would apologize or express regret for his actions.
Again, this is not to minimize what Gibson has said or done. Still, it looks like Gibson has cleaned up and now he’s back doing what he does best: starring and directing movies. There is already some Oscar buzz for “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Gibson just announced he is prepared to make a sequel to “The Passion of The Christ” that deals with Jesus’s resurrection.
If the Left wants to harangue Gibson due to what they see as a lack of remorse on his part, fine. They should, however, turn their attention to others in Hollywood who don’t have great track records themselves. Of course, if they were to be consistent, these liberals would be spending an awful lot of time asking Hollywood players to express their remorse as there are whole lot of them who have engaged in behavior worthy of apology.
My guess is, the hypocrisy will go on. It always does.